For those who don’t have time to read much in this busy time of year :)

“God forgive us for all those we have lost because we made the gospel boring. I am convinced that if we lose kids to the culture of drugs and materialism, of violence and war, it’s because we don’t dare them, not because we don’t entertain them. It’s because we make the gospel too easy, not because we make it too difficult”.
from The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne

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3 responses to “For those who don’t have time to read much in this busy time of year :)

  1. Great quotation, Dan. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I need to live a radical life, not an entertaining life.

    Questions that come to mind include:
    * How can I “make the gospel” a “dare” for students?
    * What is God calling me to be?
    * What changes would honor God?

  2. Anna Poll

    I would agree that it is important to make the gospel something daring for students. For most kids in a Christian school, religion is just something they have to do because of their parents. Teachers need to help them see that Christianity is not just sitting through boring services once a week but that it can impact every part of their lives. Students need to see the need to make their faith personal. Many kids see religion as dull and lifeless and not cool to be a part of. They need to see that amazing things can happen when they turn themselves over to God’s will.

  3. I do not want to continuing following this terrible culture in America and the rest of the world. I do not believe that we are not daring the students, but not putting the gospel first in our life. As parents and leaders we need to incorporate God into culture (if you can not tell I believe Christianity should reform culture) and not try to pass laws that take God out of the equation (like in God we trust, or not having winter break instead of Christmas break). Many children see religion as dull because that is what they see from parents and culture. I think we need more Christian fest activities to promote God and personal faith. Participating and seeing others participating will make it okay to be a part of. A continual journey of an innovatived classroom instruction and real life practice and worship would help the students. We need to also draw out guidelines of what is wrong in culture and make sure the students understand that. What I hope for may seem far fetched but we definitely need full participation to overhaul our culture.

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